Thank you to all who served and all who sacrificed! As I sit in my quiet backyard this morning I am aware that our peace has come with a high price. My grandmother lost her brother on D-Day. She was never the same; it haunted her for the rest of her life. Thank you to the families who lost loved ones.
A few weeks ago I was with students in Washington D.C. The Vietnam Memorial really caught their attention, which is interesting since it’s so stark. They spent a lot of time there and we had to pull them away. Many of them were fascinated by the various artifacts and mementos people leave at the wall for their loved ones. One that I found particularly moving was a high school wrestling trophy. This young man was voted “Most Improved” in 1966. Only a few years later, he was killed in action. The students really seemed to think about what that meant. Just a few words but it captures so well the tragedy of a life cut down so early. As we left, I saw of few of them pick clover blossoms to place on the wall. They had nothing else but wanted to honor the sacrifice they sensed. I whipped out my phone to get a picture because I thought that small gesture was perfect. Thank you again to those who served and gave all they had. And thank you to their families.
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